• Jul 27, 2010
2012 BMW 1 Series spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

The big BMW 1 Series news is the upcoming M-badged coupe, but we mustn't forget that an all-new 1er is currently in development. Our spies have just recently snapped this five-door model testing, concealing what could be a highly anticipated turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

Sources suggest this new four-pot could be a new tri-turbo setup, meaning the 1 Series would still be plenty powerful and could replace the naturally aspirated 3.0-liter inline-six currently used in 128i models. Additionally, we won't rule out the possibility that BMW is testing the new N55 twin-scroll single-turbo for use in the 1 Series, since that mill seems to quickly be replacing the current twin-turbo 3.0-liter setup.

Expect the next-generation 1 Series to hit the road sometime in 2012. With that in mind, a debut at next year's Geneva Motor Show doesn't seem out of the question.



[Source: CarPix]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      NEED
      • 4 Years Ago
      I just trade in my 135i for a 4 door acura TL because i needed the room.. i loved my ONE.. now maybe i can get this 5 door..thanks..
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really don't get why they are putting fast backs on the SUVs and leaving square back on the sporty little cars. It just seems backwards to me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hrm...maybe it's just me, but I think it looks bland. I rather liked all of the agressive curves and folds present in the normal 1-series.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like a Mazda3 in the back. Not a bad thing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is this coming to the States?

      I love the 1-series five door in Europe. I want this car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dear BMW,

      I remember when you "The Ultimate Driving Machine". Your engines powered great supercars(McLaren F1). Now your nothing but a bunch of soccer mom toting overweight pieces of....well...you know.


        • 4 Years Ago
        It's a four-cylinder, multi-turboed hatchback, ya clown. What does that have to do whatsoever with overweight soccer mom vehicles? What soccer mom would drive a compact hatchback with three turbos?
      • 4 Years Ago
      if there were more than one cylinder bank, i could see using more than one turbo, but tree on a four cylinder!? why not add a fourth one so all cylinders have their own turbo! this is sarcasm by the way!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The N55 is in the 2011 already.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ...or, an STi?


      Of course, in the STi service department, you won't likely get a fresh-brewed latte. Nor, however, will you pay for the service manager's kid to go to Harvard!
      • 4 Years Ago
      coo, give it 300hp and we'll be fine... because a bmw shouldn't be outgunned by the likes of mazda or audi.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Tri-turbo eh?

      I have a 120i 5 door. I like it.
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